I imagine that if a top school releases its acceptances earlier than its competing colleges, that would be a significant psychological impetus for an applicant to enroll, since that acceptance would be his or her first. You know the old marketing saying: It’s better to be first than it is to be better. Accordingly, if a college sent out its acceptances first, before other schools, that could very well appear also to be “better” in the eyes of eager applicants. However, most savvy applicants wait until they have all their acceptance eggs in one basket, so to speak, before they make their enrollment decision.
In the world of college admissions, can there be too much of a good thing? Sometimes. If you’re a high school senior who applied to college this year, as I mentioned above, you will know in a month or so (mid-to-late March) who has accepted you (and, unfortunately, who hasn’t). Some of you may even get into every school where you applied. If so, congratulations in advance!